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Colour shown – Chilli Red

The Inktense is Derwent’s latest take on the watercolour pencil, following in the footsteps of the likes of the Graphitint. The pencils are available in a range of bright, vibrant colours to work alongside the Graphitint’s more natural, muted tones.

Used dry, the pencils are just like all of Derwent’s other watercolour pencils – fairly smooth coverage, good colour, but perhaps not suited to rough/not watercolour paper. Used wet, it’s easy to see where the name comes from as the colour takes on an ink-like intensity, stronger and more vibrant than regular watercolour pencils, adding richness and depth to the usual soft, light tones.

I couldn’t help noticing how similar the Inktense is to Derwent’s Aquatone. Although the aquatones are sticks of solid colour, I wonder whether the inktense is meant to give the same results as the Aquatone, but with convenience of being in pencil form?

If you want to see for yourself, Inktense pencils should be available in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out on Derwent’s web site for more information.

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